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DATE: January 16, 2002

TO: Chief Academic Affairs Officers

FROM: Linda L. Baer Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

SUBJECT: Two-Year Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees, and Transfer

This memorandum serves to clarify the purpose of two-year programs, especially as it relates to transfer. We are finding several instances where students contemplating transfer do not know the transfer implications and difference between certificates, diplomas, Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, Associate in Science (AS) degrees and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees.

This memorandum is being sent to confirm the definitions; your assistance is requested in distributing this information to your faculty, staff, and students as appropriate. I am also requesting that you review your catalog, program guide publications, and web-site information. These information sources must clarify the intent of your programs in concurrence with MnSCU Policy.

MnSCU Policy 3.17 establishes the criteria for certificates, diplomas, and degrees. This policy authorizes the conferral of two-year associate degrees which are designed to transfer to four-year institutions (AA and AS degrees). MnSCU Policy 3.17 also establishes criteria for certificates, diplomas, and the AAS degree, all of which are typically not designed to transfer to a four-year institution.

The following summarizes MnSCU Policy 3.17 as it relates to two-year academic programs:

Two-Year Academic Programs Designed for Transfer

Several AAS degree programs are articulated with Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees. In these cases, the AAS degree must transfer pursuant to the terms and conditions of the articulation agreement, and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses within the A.A.S. Degree must transfer to any MnSCU college or university.